Argentina's current campaign, in stark contrast to the last World Cup cycle when they qualified comfortably and reached the final in Brazil, has been dogged by Argentine FA mismanagement, two changes of coach and poor results.
Could Lionel Messi leave Barcelona?
The Barcelona Femeni striker met her club team-mate at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, admitting that it was a 'dream come true' to be standing with him.
The Primera Division leaders initially claimed that Messi would sign the deal when he returned from the Confederations Cup to pre-season training, but that mark passed well over a month ago; with clubs now more than half a dozen games through their league seasons.
Argentina currently sit sixth in South America's qualification table with the top four teams going to Russia automatically while the fifth-placed side goes into a play-off match against New Zealand in November.
He knows that his wife, Antonella, is not in favour of moving the family, and Messi himself feels wanted. Of course, you talk about Messi, one of the best players soccer has ever had.
According to AS, the Citizens are ready to bid €400 million (R6.4 billion) for the 30-year-old in January if he makes it clear he will not sign an extension at the Camp Nou.
Thus, in the summer of 2018 Barcelona will have to consider proposals for their leader.
"There's 90 minutes for Sampaoli to show that he's the real saviour because everyone said he was the saviour for Argentina".
Lionel Messi, left, and Pep Guardiola in Munich on May 12, 2015.